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September 6, 2009

Video : Amitabh Bachchan’s Talisman Theatrical Trailer

The trailer made an appearance first during the screening of Vidhu Chopra’s Eklavya. The buzz generated around the movie was huge. But its been three years now and still no news.

Apart from Bachchan, the major portion of the trailer is digitally developed and enhanced with special effects. The film is intentionally given a blue colour theme throughout. Interestingly the text font of ‘Talisman’ used in the trailer is directly derived from the font of ‘Harry Potter’ series from Hollywood. While the movie is said to be inspired from Chandrakanta, the great Indian epic tale. From the trailers we see a clear resemblance to the Hollywood film, Lord Of The Rings.

But the wait is finally over or atleast we hope it is. Watch the first look promo of Talisman. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s biggest film to date.

October 16, 2007

Chak De India Is Oscar Favorite

Filed under: Bollywood Latest Releases,Bollywood News - 16 Oct 2007

After Eklavya, being withdrawn as India’s Oscar representative due to selection controversy, Chak De India is now considered a favorite to make it to the Oscars. ‘Dharm, Eklavya and Chak De India are the finalists and now all …

October 6, 2007

Vidya Balan : “For the wardrobe, I would like to take as much responsibility as Manish”

The starlet who was given the thumbs up for her debut performance in Parineeta, Vidya Balan was touted as the industry’s next Madhuri Dixit. She might have got criticised for being older than the current breed of heroines or for gaining on weight and looking unpleasant in Heyy Babyy. But with hits and critical appreciation in her favor, there is no stopping for Vidya Balan. Here is an exclusive interview with Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN.

Vidya Balan talks about her pathetic wardrobe in Heyy Babyy, her latest film with Aziz Mirza : “Lucky Charm“, the contorversy surrounding, Eklavya and the directors she wants to work with.

Rajeev Masand: You are just back from a long two-month outdoor in Toronto shooting for Aziz Mirza’s Lucky Charm . What was the experience like, being away for so long?

Vidya Balan: Yes, this has been my longest outdoor. Toronto is a beautiful place and it was my first trip there. We were at a very pretty location downtown. We were actually on Lake Ontario so it was beautiful. I love Aziz Mirza. He spreads so much positivity and cheer that rubs off on everyone. Otherwise what can happen on such a long shoot is that you just get on each other’s nerves. But I don’t think any of that happened. We really had a nice time.

Rajeev Masand: With you being away for two months, you didn’t really get to savour the success of you film Heyy Babyy.

Vidya Balan: Yes, I have just come in though I know it has done really well because I have been in touch with Sajid (Khan) and a couple of other people from the team. I have not been here to enjoy the success but that has also saved me a lot of flak. So maybe there’s a reason for everything.

Rajeev Masand: The flak was not really directed towards your performance as much as it was directed towards your wardrobe.

Vidya Balan: That’s some respite at least. For the wardrobe, I would like to take as much responsibility as Manish (Malhotra) because I think I was a little blasé about the clothes and the look. I tried to be different but I have learnt that you don’t have to look different for the sake of being different. Manish and I should have been more careful because it is the first time I have sported a western look. It would unfair to say that Manish gave me bad clothes because I can also look into the mirror and see what works and what doesn’t. But I didn’t bother too much so both of us should be splitting the flak.

Rajeev Masand: Your film Bhool Bhulaiyya is releasing on the same day as Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. You were offered a role in Laaga … first but you could not do it for whatever reasons. So do you that find it ironic or poetic?

Vidya Balan: Poetic, yes. Like I have said before, I never imagined not being part of Dada’s (Pradeep Sarkar) film. I just got to know a week ago that it’s releasing on the same day. I was amazed. It’s great.

Rajeev Masand: You must feel tricky because you can’t want the other film to not do well.

Vidya Balan: I don’t want anyone’s film to not do well. I’m not trying to sound holier-than-thou but I know what goes into making a film and I think there are enough people to be watching all kinds of films.

The Beautiful Vidya Balan


Pic : The Beautiful Vidya Balan 

September 29, 2007

Sajid Khan’s Open Letter To Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Filed under: Bollywood Gossip,Bollywood News - 29 Sep 2007

The Eklavya nomination to the Oscars just keeps getting muckier. After listening to Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s remarks, Sajid Khan was very quick in hitting back at Vidhu Chopra.  Personally I feel Sajid Khan showed a bit too much disrespect to  a veteran filmmaker likeVinod Chopra. But guess Sajid was just reveeling in the sucess of Heyy Babyy. He even said that his film Heyy Babyy has made more money than Vidhu Chopra’s all films put together. Now that’s being too arrogant. And we all know Heyy Babyy is nowhere compared to Vidhu Chopra’s classics like Eklavya, Parinda, etc.

Here is an open letter to Vidhu Vinod Chopra by Sajid Khan.

Congratulations for the selection of Eklavya – The Royal Guard as India’s nomination for Oscars.

I saw your comments about films made by you and others in the recent past and what may/may not be worthy enough for recognition at the heartland of India and at the highest level. I am quite sure that you have made some highly respected films in the past and I am also certain that you have the greatest knowledge of films made across the globe.

I am also absolutely fine if you comment on films made by lesser mortals like me or others who may have had an accomplished body of work behind them. Even if you have deep rooted statements to make about my knowledge of cinema, technique, intelligence, calibre and personality in general – I take all of that in good spirit (and humour). After all it’s a free country (and may I add, democratic too?) and we all have a right to speak out!

But doesn’t that hold true for me too?

Shortly after Eklavya – The Royal Guard was announced as the chosen one for India’s nomination, I was asked a simple question if it was a deserving entry or not. I answered in negative. For me, Chak De India or Dharm were better candidates. It was as simple as that with me sharing my point of view. Did I start talking about your intelligence of cinema, skills and personal preferences etc.?

Vidhu Vinod Chopra Hits Back At His Critics

Filed under: Bollywood Gossip,Bollywood News - 29 Sep 2007

No sooner had Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya got nominated as India’s representation at the Oscars, did the brickbats started falling on him rather than bouquets. With harsh comments from famous Bollywood celebrities like Farah Khan, Sajid Khan and Anupam Kher, Vidhu Vinod Chopra wasn’t one to keep quite. Here is what he had to say to his critics…
“What are the credentials of these people…what is their understanding of cinema…where does their allegiance lie,” said Vidhu Vinod Chopra when asked to react to the comments of a few filmmakers like Farah Khan, Sajid Khan and Anupam Kher who didn’t approve of Eklavya being chosen as the official entry for Oscars this year. “Last year Lage Raho didn’t go, did I, Raju or anybody from my office say why Munnabhai didn’t go, it was a better film. Before that Parineeta didn’t go, Paheli went. Did I say that Shah Rukh made a stupid film. My films didn’t go for two years, I didn’t bother anyone, why are they bothering us now,” Chopra said.

September 26, 2007

Eklavya Makes It To The Oscars

Filed under: Bollywood Gossip,Bollywood News - 26 Sep 2007

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Eklavya has made it to the Oscars, as India’s nomination.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s multi-starrer movie got past films like ‘Chak de India’, ‘Guru’ and ‘Gandhi-My father’ to represent India in the foreign film category of the Oscars.

The Film Federation of India (FFI) Jury chairman filmmaker Vinod Pande said after a long and animated discussion, the jury members had to decide between ‘Eklavya’ and another film ‘Dharm’.

To a query on whether the decision was unanimous, Pande replied,” in the affirmative.

This is the third time Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra will be going to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His short non-fiction film, ‘An Encounter with Faces’ was one of the first Indian films to be nominated for an Oscar in 1980. In 1989, Parinda was sent to the Oscars as India’s official entry.

Commenting on the news, Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra said, ”I’m elated. But this was only the first battle. The real one is still ahead. I’m leaving for the US on October 2 and will start my groundwork there. I’m banking on my previous experiences at the Academy and the overwhelming support the film has received in the West. I hope to make India proud.”

August 31, 2007

RGV Ki Aag Movie Review By Taran Adarsh

Let’s get one thing straight! To remake a film that not only set box-office records and is referred to as a classic, but also one that by far has the biggest recall value, is playing with aag. Ramgopal Varma, the maverick film-maker, has the courage to remake SHOLAY, a film that continues to be one of the favorite entertainers across the globe.

Comparisons with SHOLAY are obvious and one presumes, RGV knew it all along that’s he’s bound to feel the heat by those who swear by SHOLAY. To give the credit where it’s due, RGV remains faithful to the classic, not once does he deviate from the plot, not once does he twists facts… you know exactly what to expect and where the story is heading.

Jai, Veeru, Thakur, Basanti and above all Gabbar are characters that attained cult status over the years, especially Gabbar. RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG does justice to those characters, especially Gabbar, who wore a sinister look on his face all the while. Terror has a new name now. It’s Babban!

Shortcomings? Oh yes! The romantic track, involving Ajay – Nisha Kothari, is a yawn. To be more specific, the by-now-famous ‘suicide’ sequence doesn’t work. Prior to that, Prashant and Sushmita’s meeting with Nisha’s parents to seek her hand in marriage for Ajay also falls flat. Besides, this is not for the faint-hearted who detest violent films. RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG is sure to give them hiccups.

To cut a long story short, the comparisons with SHOLAY will tell on RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG.

In the dark underbelly of Mumbai city, a nihilistic new leader has risen to rule the fetid underworld. His name is Babban [Amitabh Bachchan]. Cruel beyond imagination, psychotically violent and far more devious than any gangster the city has ever known.

Nobody has ever seen him and if they did, they didn’t survive to tell the tale. But one man believed in his existence. And that is Inspector Narsimha [Mohanlal], who has a single-minded determination to finish Babban.

RAMGOPAL VARMA KI AAG is SHOLAY, yet different. Sure, the story is the same, but the setting and interpretation of the story are different, very contemporary. As a storyteller, the RGV stamp is visible in a couple of sequences. Note Bachchan’s spine-chilling introduction. Nisha’s introductory sequence also makes you break into a chuckle. The Sachin episode that gives birth to a bitter enmity is tremendous. The sequence outside the courtroom [Bachchan - Mohanlal face off] is remarkable. Bachchan avenging his brother’s death by eliminating Mohanlal’s family is terrifying…

RGV Ki Aag Movie Review

March 21, 2007

A Satirical Look At Bollywood Films in 2007

Filed under: Bollywood News - 21 Mar 2007

With Bollywood films offering the same old wine in a new bottle or sometimes in the old bottle itself, the audiences have become frustated and are rejecting the films completely. The Indian audience too needs creative and innovative films to see. Don’t they?

Deepa Gahalot mocks over the films released this year. Read it…. promise you that it is fun.

The dialogue between the makers and stars of the film with the audience might go somewhat like this:

Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana:
It’s about Rekha trying to get Mahima Chaudhary married before she turns 25. Its great fun, come see it people.

Audience: Ha ha, you’re joking, right? Mahima and 25?

Guru :
It is not the biopic of Dhirubhai Ambani and Amitabh Bachchan on TV swears it is Abhishek’s best performance. Look Abhi and Ash even got engaged to please you mass types.

Audience (Doubtfully): Isn’t that pushing it a bit too much? Why, what is the film lacking?

It’s about this guy who is mistaken for a terrorist, and then there’s this cop, and a TV reporter and…
Audience: Don’t get us all mixed up. Just play that Maula song.

Risk :
It’s about this honest cop who takes on the underworld and….
Audience: So what’s new?

Salaam-E-Ishq :
It’s got all these stars, and Priyanka playing Rakhi Sawant, and Anil Kapoor kissing Anjana Sukhani, and the John-Vidya affair gossip was spread to whip up curiosity…. please see the film, people.

Audience: We’d rather see the real Rakhi Sawant. And Emraan’s kissing is better, thank you. And we know John is with Bipasha, don’t fool us.

A little boy goes missing in the Gujarat riots.
Audience (Petulantly): Don’t remind us of it, give us entertainment.

Traffic Signal:
Hey, all of you, it’s about people begging at the traffic signal and how the Dubai bhais get the money.

Audience: Maaf karo, aage jao

February 20, 2007

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Talisman

Filed under: Bollywood Latest Releases - 20 Feb 2007

After Eklavya, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has signed on Amitabh Bachchan for yet another film  titled Talisman. The film’s promo was recently showcased with Eklavya in theatres.

“Talisman is an adaptation of a popular Hindi novel- Chandrakanta, written by Devaki Nandan Khatri. Chandrakanta is considered the first work of prose in modern Hindi,” adds Thomas George, Chopra’s business manager.

February 19, 2007

Munna Bhai Chale Amerika

It started with Jadu Ki Jhappi , moved on to Gandhigiri and now Munna and Circuit are all set to rock America . The teaser of Munna Bhai Part 3 was recently shown during the film release of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “Eklavya - The Royal Guard” in screens all over India .

Here’s a trailer of Munna Bhai Chale Amerika 

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